All Souls

Today is All Souls, the day after Halloween. We remember and pray for the souls of the faithful departed, especially those who fell away in this year.

Candles burn at the Basilica of Saint Bavo in Haarlem, at All Souls last year.

“Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

St. John Chrysostom on Job 1:5, as cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1032